BOSTON – Senior Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) and junior Morgan Frame (Waterville, Maine) each netted 13 points and seven rebounds, but it would not be enough as the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team fell to first-place Boston University, 79-39, Thursday evening at Case Gymnasium.
UNH fell to 10-8 on the season and 3-3 in America East play, while Boston improved to 13-6 overall and 6-0 in the conference.
Beliveau, the America East Player of the Game for UNH, finished with three steals and one block, while sophomore Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) added five assists in the contest.
Junior Chantell Alford earned player of the game honors for BU, posting a game-high 17 points and six assists.
Boston jumped out to a fast start, opening with eight unanswered points before Frame hit a pair of free throws to snap the stretch at the 16:19 mark. After Boston responded with another bucket down low, senior Abigail LaRosa (Hampton, N.H.) stepped back and drained a 3-pointer for the team's first field goal, pulling the Wildcats within five, 10-5, with 14:22 left in the first half.
The teams then swapped baskets, setting up a quick 5-point burst by the Terriers to push their lead to 17-7.
After trading free throws, sophomore Kelsey Hogan hit Frame on the fast break for the easy layup to keep the Wildcats within 10 points, but Alford converted a 3-point play on the other end to give the Terriers the 13-point advantage with 7:34 remaining in the opening half.
On the next possession, Beliveau managed to gain position down low and muscle in a basket, but Boston responded with nine straight points for the 30-12 lead. Following back-to-back buckets by Beliveau to break up the stretch, Boston ended the half with an 8-2 run for the 38-18 lead at intermission.
The Terriers opened the second half with a 6-2 stretch on a pair of 3-pointers, but UNH halted the fast start by also turning to the trey, as Hogan drained a shot from beyond the arc to trim the deficit to 44-23.
After the Terriers netted back-to-back scoring drives, the Wildcats continued to shoot from long range as junior Jilliane Friel (Durham, N.H.) hit a 3-pointer. Friel's trey sparkednna 8-2 run by the Wildcats as Frame and Beliveau also scored during the stretch to pull the visitors within 50-31 with 13:21 remaining.
From there, the Terriers rattled off a 27-2 run over the next 5:23, to seal the eventual victory.
The Wildcats return home on Sunday, Jan. 22 when they play host to Binghamton at 1 p.m. The game will be broadcast on WBIN-TV. For tickets, and more information, visit www.unhwildcats.com or call (603) 862-4000, extension 5.